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game recap

Flyers 6, Red Wings 1

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:39 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 6, Red Wings 1
Detroit Red Wings 1, Philadelphia Flyers 6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Keith Primeau moved his former teammates and the fans with an emotional pregame speech. Then Peter Forsberg showed why he's so coveted around the league.

And with the sellout crowd rocking for the Flyers and screaming derogatory chants at the Detroit Red Wings, and goals scored at a rapid rate, it all felt like old times in Philadelphia.

Forsberg scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and sparked the last-place Flyers to a 6-1 win Monday night.

"We know where we are in the standings, we're not feeling good about the season, but lately we've been playing better and with more confidence," Forsberg said. "It feels great winning games."

The Flyers scored two short-handed goals and one on the power play to win their second straight at home after losing a team-record 13 straight here.

This time they had some inspiration from their retired captain, Primeau. He was honored in a teary pregame ceremony, showing a different kind of sentiment from the days of his rah-rah pep talks. He saved his remarks for the ice instead of the locker room.

"And we won anyway," Forsberg said, laughing.

The Flyers could stand to laugh and joke a bit after this one.

Michael Leighton stopped 31 shots in his second straight start for the Flyers. Before Saturday's win against St. Louis, Leighton hadn't made an NHL start since March 23, 2004, when he was with Chicago.

R.J. Umberger scored twice, and Mike Richards, Simon Gagne and Todd Fedoruk also scored for the Flyers.

"This is kind of what we've been pushing for," coach John Stevens said. "It's something we're trying to get in place here."

Tomas Holmstrom scored the only goal for Detroit. The Red Wings haven't won in Philadelphia since Jan. 25, 1997, losing five straight over 10 years. They blew a chance to tie Buffalo for the league points lead.

"It wasn't that we didn't play the whole game. We were right in the game," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "The wheels came off badly."

Forsberg snapped a tie early in the third period with his 11th goal before the Flyers turned this one into a rout. Umberger scored twice, and Gagne and Fedoruk added goals after that to give the sellout crowd something to cheer for one of the few times this season.

"There is something to play for. There's pride," Umberger said.

Those fans hope they get to cheer Forsberg for at least the rest of the year. Forsberg, a free agent at the end of the season, met with team chairman Ed Snider on Sunday to discuss the former MVP's future. Both sides declined to discuss the specifics of the meeting.

All Forsberg has to do is tell the Flyers that he wants to re-sign with them or ask to be dealt to a contender before the Feb. 27 trade deadline. So far, at least publicly, Forsberg has kept that decision to himself.

But eight teams sent scouts, all but one of them from teams heavily rumored to be interested in Forsberg.

The Flyers appeared to score a power-play late in the third, but it was called off when officials ruled the whistle had already blown. That hardly mattered about a minute later once Forsberg won the battle in a scrum for the puck in front of the net and scored for a 2-1 lead.

The only goals until the third came late in the first period. With Forsberg in the penalty box for hooking, Holmstrom scored his 20th goal of the season on the power-play for a 1-0 lead.

The Flyers tied it on a short-handed goal, thanks to some nifty stick work from Richards. First he swiped the puck, then shuffled it to Sami Kapanen near the net. Kapanen had a strong look, but his shot bounced off Joey MacDonald's pads and a hard-charging Richards knocked in the rebound for his fourth goal.

Then the Flyers got going in the third. Umberger slid one in for his 10th goal, and Gagne made it 4-1 with his 29th goal. Umberger scored his second of the game, then Fedoruk added one on a breakaway.

"They're an aggressive team and they were showing it," MacDonald said. "They had a lot of body checks and I think it wore on us in the third period."

Notes: Primeau, forced to retire before the season because of the lingering effects from concussions, was drafted by Detroit in 1990 and received a watch from the Red Wings and assorted gifts from the Flyers. Primeau choked on his words on his first sentence and needed to stop and compose himself several times during his speech. Primeau's eyes filled with tears when he talked about the fans.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:53
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (31), Mathieu Schneider (27)
1 - 0 DET
16:52
PHI
SHG - Mike Richards (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Sami Kapanen (8)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:20
PHI
PPG - Peter Forsberg (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Mike Knuble (19), Simon Gagne (16)
2 - 1 PHI
07:08
PHI
SHG - R.J. Umberger (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeff Carter (12), Joni Pitkanen (26)
3 - 1 PHI
10:58
PHI
Simon Gagne (29) Backhand shot - ASST: Peter Forsberg (29), Mike Knuble (20)
4 - 1 PHI
12:33
PHI
R.J. Umberger (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Calder (9), Dimitri Afanasenkov (5)
5 - 1 PHI
15:05
PHI
Todd Fedoruk (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Jeff Carter (13)
6 - 1 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
01:20
PHI
Ben Eager  Cross checking against  Andreas Lilja
03:00
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Mike Knuble
10:46
PHI
Peter Forsberg  Hooking against  Tomas Holmstrom
12:42
DET
Jiri Hudler  Closing hand on puck
14:08
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Tripping against  Peter Forsberg
16:11
PHI
Denis Gauthier  Roughing against  Andreas Lilja
16:11
PHI
Denis Gauthier  Roughing against  Andreas Lilja
2nd Period
01:46
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking against  Dimitri Afanasenkov
07:30
PHI
Ben Eager  Roughing against  Daniel Cleary
07:30
DET
Daniel Cleary  Roughing against  Ben Eager
14:12
PHI
Mike Knuble  Interference against  Robert Lang
16:52
PHI
Denis Gauthier  Hooking against  Joey MacDonald
3rd Period
00:46
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Hi-sticking against  Derian Hatcher
00:46
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Hi-sticking against  Derian Hatcher
02:23
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Hooking against  Geoff Sanderson
06:04
PHI
Mike Knuble  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
12:57
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Interference on goalkeeper against  Joey MacDonald
goalie stats
Joey MacDonald
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .818SH: 1 - 3
Michael Leighton
SA: 32TOI: 59:56
Saves: 31EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .969SH: 1 - 1